Fans of the 2012 science-fiction action film Dredd, which was written and produced by the director of last year’s critically acclaimed genre film Ex Machina, has garnered its very own base of loyal fans who would like to see more. Based in part on the comic strip originally published in the long-running 2000 AD comic book anthology series, the Judge Dredd character has seen his fair share of incarnations over the past thirty-odd years since his inception in the late 1970s, including the ill-received 1995 feature starring Sylvester Stallone. It was not until the aforementioned movie, directed by Pete Travis, was released that the character truly found his footing on the big screen.
For a while now, fans hoping to see more from Star Trek actor Karl Urban as judge, juror, and executioner of Mega-City One have been left to fend for themselves in the cold post-apocalyptic wasteland that is a world without another Dredd movie. However, some fans may have launched a plan for getting a sequel to the 2012 production made, and the avenue by which they are seeking said goal might just be the best place for the franchise to go next.
According to the Bring Back Dredd fan petition recently published online, a number of viewers looking to see a sequel to the original 2012 film get made are currently courting the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO in order to see more from the beloved franchise. Following the recent successes of other genre programming such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and The Man in the High Castle, the progenitors of this most recent independent petition are seeking to see the making of another feature length movie or television series in line with the aforementioned streaming service productions.
In the past, various members of the Dredd cast and crew have encouraged fans of the cult-film to lend their voices and money to the production of a sequel, most notably including the film’s executive producer and pop culture guru Adi Shankar. Despite some disparaging comments made by screenwriter Alex Garland in the past regarding any plans for a future sequel, banding together around a petition such as this one might just attract the attention of three of the biggest film and television studios to a future Judge Dredd project.
Whether or not a new film or show based on the classic comic book anthology character will ever get made is up in the air for now, though lending your voice to the most recent fan made petition could potentially help get another feature Dredd installment made, in one form or another. Here’s hoping that Netflix, Amazon, or HBO will hear the call, and fans might yet see the return of Karl Urban as one of the supported genre’s most lethal law enforcers of dystopic fiction.
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Source: Bring Back Dredd